The first step with this piece was lightly scuffing the surface with 220 grit sandpaper. Then I cleaned it really well with a 1:1 ratio of water and vinegar.
After the easy prep work it was time for painting with Shabby Paints! Several of my fellow Shabby Paints stylists have created a nice top using Buffalo Brown paint and Brown Bronze Shimmer Glaze. I wanted to give it a try, so I mixed them in a 2:1 paint to shimmer ratio and applied it to the top. After two coats it was looking really nice. Next time I might do a 1:1 ratio, but I was happy with these results. After that I sealed the top with Hazelnut ReVax to darken it just a touch. Over a time span of a couple days, I applied two coats of varnish to top it off.
The body was painted with Baby Boo. It is such a lovely soft gray blue color. One coat covered pretty well, but I added a second to have full coverage. With the first coat I tend to use a dry paint brush, but with the second coat I always use a damp brush to make the paint glide easier. Here it is after the second coat (sitting in the shade made it look a little more blue).
After the paint was sufficiently dry, I applied a coat of sheer Vax using a damp sponge. Later that day I lightly applied Hazelnut ReVax for a soft aged look. I used a damp sponge and worked quickly to spread the ReVax around so that it wasn't too dark. You can see the detail in the picture below.
So we went from this-
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